When Mold Removal is Necessary in Your Basement

Health is the greatest gift and real wealth than gold and silver. Usually it is not valued unless illness comes and a healthy outside starts from a healthy house. A clean and healthy atmosphere in your house ensures healthy mind, body and spirit. Mold can ruin this virtue.


Thorough cleanliness of residential places and other areas like basements is inevitable to avoid diseases and sickness. If remain neglected, microscopic sized, small fungal growths usually termed as molds and mildews grow excessively colonizing walls, inside walls, carpets, stored materials and wherever they found little moisture. These molds can be the causative agents of allergens, irritants and some mycotoxins as well. People may apparently look healthy but they can suffer from wheezing, coughing and nasal stuffiness. Moreover, it ruins everything on which grows and gives rise to financial loss.

Molds can be more deteriorating in basements as there are many sources of humidity and moisture in basements. Basements often do not have any ventilation and sunlight and thus tend to be more humid. People remain unnoticed about mildews and molds growth in basements as they spend less time there and usually do not clean them regularly. Humidity apart from mold growth, adds to wood rot and insects infestation.

Condensation thrive the molds to grow in basements. Heavy rainfalls cause fillings of the drains and sewage backups thus causing damage which is not obvious. Water runs down in the basements and regularly seeps through the walls, windows and carpets. They remain moist and spores of molds in the air feed on these moist surfaces. Usually, the dew point of basements is 20 0C with relative humidity of 50% suit well for mildews to occupy the walls and surfaces of the basement.

Mold development is a regular phenomenon in the places like Long Island homes and especially in crawlspaces and basements where moisture retention is relatively high. Regular inspection and mold testing of these places can keep away from huge damages. Regular monitoring the places like storage boxes, insulation, dusts and vents, pipes, walls and wall cavities, ceilings and floors and wooden frame, where mold spores can get attach and propagate, is very necessary.

The best solution of getting rid of these is reducing the moisture content of the room. Identification of leaking basement walls or floor cracks and filling up these with sealants can be the first step.

Professional waterproofing, air circulation and keeping the humidity of the basements less than 55% using dehumidifiers can be the best instant options. Vacuuming the houses especially the basements and landscaping outer ground to divert water flow can be good ways to adopt. Try to divert humid air out of the home and air conditioning can also cause less moisture retention which controls mold growth.

People inhabiting Long Island should pay the proper attention if they see visible spores which can be of multicolor and feel their basements have musty odors and require appropriate remediation.

Hiring professional mold removal companies can help you to replace damaged items and fix disaster. Major outburst can be prevented if mold spores are contained from the rest of the house and negative pressure is applied during cleaning purpose. The one way is to moisten the mold surface to reduce their dispersal and then mold removal with bleach, ammonia or borax.

HEPA vacuuming and proper disposal of the removed spores after the surfaces have been cleaned can reduce the need or additional mold removal. Long Island residents must be watchful about mold growth and need to have proper testing of the basements. If you sense the damage, immediately decide for the professional to remediate it.